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    2002 Chrysler Town and Country - EX FWD

    Pros: Power sliding side and rear doors

    Cons: Operability of the delayed headlght switch

    Advice: Don't hesitate-get one. And get one with the 3.8L engine. You won't regret it.

    I am extremely pleased with the vehicle. My only minor problem to date is one where the fuel guage does not register correctly. There is more fuel in the tank than is shown on the guage, and the computer is also confused, thinking there is less than there really is when computing miles range and miles left until empty. Probably a defective sending unit in the tank which I will have addressed at the first scheduled maintenance visit.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SC2 (M5) Coupe

    Pros: CD Player Standard

    Cons: Prefer MP3 CD Player instead

    Advice: Leather interior is nice.

    Did not test drive, my 3rd Saturn and handles and operates very similar to SL2 models previously owned.

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    2002 Nissan Maxima - GLE (A4)

    Pros: Xenon HID lights

    Cons: there was nothing that I did not like

    Advice: test drive one and see for yourself

    I test drove the new 2002 Maxima GLE and I decided to buy it. The 3.5 L engine is very powerful. Car handle nice and the brake well. Purchased it fully loaded for less than $30,000. The styling of this car make it stand out. I really like the Xenon HID lights that light up the night. The car is quite rommy but being a tall driver, I could use more leg room. I have always owned domestic vehicles and the build quality of Nissan's is execellant!!!! The car exceeded my expectations...

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    2002 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x4

    Pros: Remote access to back window which goes up/down

    Cons: big blind spot behind second row passenger side

    Advice: you don't need the 'Limited' package. We have almost every feature but paid about 5k less.

    Love this SUV. Although it is large, it drives like a car. Handles well...doesn't feel like a big vehicle. Very comfortable. It doesn't fit in our garage but looks great in our driveway. Perfect size for our growing family. Very child seat friendly.

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    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LS 4x4

    Pros: autotrac

    Cons: no room

    Advice: Look before you leap!

    After test-driving this SUV I came back to the problems that I had when I owned a Blazer. If the back seat is folded down and I sit in the drivers seat, I am unable to move the driver’s seat back so I can sit with proper line of site of the road. I wish they would give six more inches between the rear seat folded down and the front. Also I noticed again that their is some type of equipment 'box' located above the passengers feet, should this SUV for the great outdoors not allow people with boats on to sit in the front without hitting the 'box'. I also found that the rear latch handle seems to be weak. We have decided to move on to a different SUV. Sorry, I thought the new design would catch these problem areas.

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    2002 Chevrolet Impala - LS

    Pros: sporty appearance and On-Star

    Cons: Some shifting slip in the overdrive between 50 & 60 mph when trying to hold at 55 mph

    Advice: Encourage dealers to extend the 0% financing. Keep the industry manufacturing for at least 6 months to a year.

    Easy to handle, sporty feeling, excellent acceleration, comfortable seating for passengers in front and rear.

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    2002 Isuzu Axiom - Base 4x4

    Pros: Tie: Looks-Styling & Intelligent Susp Control

    Cons: Getting use to sports-car like seating

    Advice: Skip Gap insurance & $18/mo for 10K/120K, tried to get extra 6 mo of pmt

    I was looking for mid-$20K med-size SUV,-V6 only. 2 stood out from the pack-Jeep Liberty & Isuzu Axiom(although the Axiom as $29010), but there are not many that meet this description. Grand Cherokee was an expensive option but wasn't work the extra $ compared to the other 2. A last minute(before buying the Liberty) sale at Isuzu dropped the price by $2500 to the same price as the Liberty($27.4K). With Isuzu 3.9% financing the Axiom was $50/mo less-I bought it. It didn't have leather like the Jeep I wanted but the styling, drive(Intelligent Suspension Control=ISC), electronic display screen, digital temp control, hauling capacity, horse power & warranty(10y/120K Pwr Train) won me over. Also the 6-CD cartrige is in the center counsel rather than in the back. 1 week of city driving and 1050 interstate miles(1 trip) later: 18.6m/gal hwy, ISC is great: Sport Mode=other SUVs; Comfort Mode=sedan ride, cruise control stopped working, the display screen is great: audio, temp, fan, travel computer, time/date, outside temp. Definitely drive/price it before buying anything between $25K-$32K.